Kingsport Ballet Restages Centennial Production Seeds of ChangeMarch 01, 2018
Press Release Seeds of Change. Contatct: Bertina Dew
KINGSPORT BALLET RESTAGES CENTENNIAL PRODUCTION
SEEDS OF CHANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet, under the direction of Valeria Sinyavskaya, prepares to re-stage
contemporary ballet, Seeds of Change, along with the Dream Act in Don Quixote, April 12-15, 2018 at
Eastman's Toy F. Reid Employee Center.
Seeds of Change is made up of contemporary choreography exploring themes relevant to 1917, the
year of Kingsport's founding. The ballet explores some of the realities of that time in history, through a
warm story set in the East Tennessee meadows that become an industrial city.
Dream act from Don Quixote is Act II, Scene II of the ballet classic. This act represents Don Quixote's
dream. In the full ballet, Don Quixote is a Spanish gentleman who often dreams of being a knight
engaged in passionate battles. After imagining such a battle, where he is wounded in combat, he enters
a majestic garden where the object of his love, Dulcinea, dances surrounded by beautiful nymphs and
Concept of Seeds of Change: Kingsport Ballet, in collaboration with various artists, created
choreography, backdrops and costumes relevant to our city's centennial. “By exploring societal changes
present in this time-period we transport the audience to 1917, highlighting the charm as well and the
challenges of that time through dance,” explains choreographer Erika Ballard.
As men were sent to fight in WWI, women sought employment opportunities in growing cities, such as
Kingsport. This influx of non-traditional workers grew urban populations, gave fuel to increased social
rights of women, and laid the foundation for an industrial boom that propelled the nation into the
leading industrial world leader. In Kingsport specifically, this is seen with the arrival of the railroad, the
growth of business and industry, and the migration to the city from farmland.
Artists and Organizations Involved: Kingsport Ballet artists Valeria Sinyavskaya, Bertina Dew, and
chief choreographer Erika Ballard have collaborated with guest artists, such as Lyvan Verdecia of
Ballet Hispanico, Akop Akopian with Ellison Ballet Academy as well as local teachers, artists and
musicians, in creating this short, contemporary ballet. Guest artist Leonid Flegmatov will perform the
lead male roles. Mr. Flegmatov is a principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet. He graduated from the
Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. He is a frequent teacher and performer with Kingsport Ballet.
Seeds of Change and Dream will be performed at Eastman's Toy F. Reid Auditorium.
Tickets are on sale now ($20 adults, $16 students/seniors, $10 for children 5 and under and
college students. Tickets may be purchased through the company's facebook page or website, or by
calling Kingsport Ballet 423-378-3967.
Thursday, April 12th at 10am. Free of charge for students with one free
chaperone per school or homeschooled group. All other adults $10.
Students and teachers will receive educational workbooks free of charge.
Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by general operations from the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as by the City of Kingsport, Massengil De-Friece Foundation and TAC/Funds for at Risk Youth for outreach programs. Please visit their website for a full listing of corporate sponsors.